Our Impact

Fighting Litter for 20 Years

What began as a statewide awareness campaign against litter has blossomed into a full-fledged anti-litter non-profit with dozens of programs in the areas of education, enforcement, awareness and pickup.

Adopt-A-Highway came under our umbrella to help SCDOT with this important volunteer program. We have helped more than 545,000 volunteers remove 62 million pounds of litter from our roads and natural areas.

Some of our achievements over the last 20 years include:

  • 62,000,000 pounds of litter removed from our roads and natural areas
  • $24,500,000 in cost avoidance to local governments
  • $6,900,000 provided in grant funds to cities, counties, and state groups
  • 1,200,000 students reached by our education programs
  • 28 Keep South Carolina Beautiful affiliates

We also have the Adopt-A-Highway program under our umbrella to help SCDOT. And, of course, none of this is possible with out you, our wonderful volunteers.

What’s on the Horizon

To mark our 20th anniversary, we will unveil new tools and new grants to help assess litter, prevent litter and track its reduction in our communities.

We are excited about the future of PalmettoPride. With the help of an active Legislature and engaged local governments, we are seeing our largest participation rates in our history.

Litter Reduction of 60% Since Founding

Litter is a cultural issue and one that is felt across the globe. In South Carolina, we have seen litter reduce by 60% since we were formed. While we have achieved these results, we have also seen a number of challenges across the state that makes litter prevention a more daunting task to both undertake and see real results. Our population has grown to 5 million. Our highways are under construction. Lifestyles keep everyone on the move. Volunteers are harder to engage. Information overload makes it difficult to make lasting impressions.

PalmettoPride will continue to instill pride in our state, one cleanup at a time. With our Legislature behind us and our mission at hand, we will change the landscape of South Carolina for the better.

Timeline

  • 1999 – Governor’s Task Force on Litter created
  • 1999 – Litter Trashes Everyone Marionette Show debuted
  • 2001 – PalmettoPride created, becomes a non-profit
  • 2001 – KABSC comes under the PalmettoPride umbrella as Keep SC Beautiful
  • 2002 – Palmetto Prideways created to support interstate litter pickup efforts
  • 2002 – Litter Busters Hotline launches
  • 2003 – First Litter Blitz held in Anderson County
  • 2003 – Keeping South Carolina Beautiful – A Curriculum Resource released
  • 2003 – First Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup held
  • 2009 – Litter-Free Games
  • 2012 – Adopt-A-Highway comes under PalmettoPride
  • 2018 – Litter Busters Hotline mobile app launched
  • 2018 – New Anti-Litter Curriculum Released
  • 2018 – Litter Laws Revised

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